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Re: [grad-dc] Ideas for contributing to Open-source projects

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Sunday, March 11, 2012 9:18 AM
Hey guys,

Just realised I meant to to contribute something to this. If you're up for learning Clojure then definitely go along to the Clojurians. Though the language is hard, they will be extremely welcoming and if you go and find John he'll introduce you to others and make sure you are made to feel welcome.

Here is also a few useful links on getting involved with OSS projects. Keen to hear any feedback or questions you have.

Thanks,
Barry



On 11 Mar 2012, at 09:09, John Stevenson wrote:

There is a monthly Clojure hackathon where a group of us help out on open source project in Clojure.  Have a look at the London Clojurians google group for details.

http://groups.google.com/group/london-clojurians

If you just want to try out Clojure first, then come along to the monthly Clojure coding dojo - its perfect for people just starting out to be able to learn from other people who may be a few chapters ahead in the book.  The Clojure dojo is a friendly group and we split up into teams of 3-5 people, so you are supported by your team through the evening.

Catch the clojure dojo every last Tuesday at the Thoughtworks office in High Holborn - details also on the London Clojurians google group

Please feel free to sign up to the google group and ask us questions about this exciting and fun language on the Java Virtual Machine.

Thank you
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On 11 March[masked]:18, Adam Markham <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Dan,

Was going through my inbox and found this message you sent to the GDC list. 

Have you considered learning a new language (released in last few years) to get into open-source development more easily? I'd imagine Java projects are pretty saturated now with contributors as almost everyone knows Java but not everyone knows new non-mainstream languages. I recently learned Clojure and was sifting through a few open source libraries to use in my project and lost of them were looking for new features to be added, similar to TODO in the code. You get a bit of a bonus learning a new language in the process. 

Just a thought. 

Hope this helps,

Adam

On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM, Daniel Lemon <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey guys,

After checking up on Hacker News today, I saw an interesting post at the top:

How to contribute to an open source project: look for TODOs in code

What other ways can a developer "get started" with open-source? I know we've covered a majority in our "Open-Source Start-up" events but are there any other "obscure" ways that we may not have thought about before?



Dan

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